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Cardinal Humberto Medeiros: The Boston years, 1970-1983Father Richard Gribble, CSC

Shock, surprise, and a generally tepid welcome characterized the arrival of Humberto Medeiros when he took the reins as the fourth Archbishop of Boston on Oct. 7, 1970. Despite his excellent record in ...

Quo vadis, MLB?Dick Flavin

There has been very little good that has come of the Great Pandemic of 2020. But at least sports fans during September were offered a veritable smorgasbord of games to choose from on TV. The football ...

All Souls Day and the Catholic Cemetery AssociationJames Brasco

The month of November, including All Saints and All Souls Days, is a special time in the Church's calendar. The faithful are encouraged to remember their beloved dead in the particular prayers, scriptures ...

Prudential voting in bad timesGeorge Weigel

Sixty years ago, Father John Courtney Murray, SJ, published what I regard as the finest Catholic analysis of American democracy ever penned: "We Hold These Truths -- Catholic Reflections on the American ...

What now for the Supreme Court?Richard Doerflinger

As I write this, it is unknown whether President Donald Trump will win or lose his bid for reelection. Either way, however, his most lasting legacy may be his naming three new justices to the U.S. Supreme ...

What will our memories be of this time?Michael Reardon

This pandemic has been extraordinarily challenging. Everyone will experience a direct impact on their lives during these days: some lasting, some fleeting, some trivial, some grave. Regardless of your ...

Superstition has no place in life of faithMary Marrocco

A contemporary government official, in a high-profile speech, once enthused about the benefits and powers of science. She also spoke disparagingly about people who believe that "personalities can be ...

The Missionary Society of St. James the ApostleViolet Hurst

This past Sunday, Oct. 18, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrated Mission Sunday. As we reflect on the Holy Father's chosen theme this year, "Here I am! Send me!" we remember those who have ...

Cardinal Humberto Medeiros: The Brownsville years, 1966-1970Father Richard Gribble, CSC

Humberto Medeiros was not only surprised when he was named bishop in Brownsville; in fact, he had to find on a map where the Holy Father had sent him! Still, commenting on Medeiros' appointment, the dean ...

The rise and hard fall of a hard drinkerDick Flavin

Just 90 years ago, Sunday, Sept. 28, was the final day of the 1930 baseball regular season. In the last of the eighth inning that day, at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Lewis "Hack" Wilson of the Cubs singled, ...

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